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					UR, but IM: Why is it so
hard to understand teens?
UR, but IM: Why is it so hard to
understand teens?
Core questions and answers
 What are the ten core values of
  services to teens in libraries?
 What are the fantastic four core
  contradictions of serving teens in
  libraries?
 What are the key to connecting?



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             Connecting Young Adults and Libraries
                                     Patrick Jones
              http://www.connectingya.com
                              Getting started

WHO?                                HOW?
 Audience
                                    WHY?
 Young adults

 Presenter
                                    What not?
                                    What else?
WHAT
                                    What next?



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   Serving teens in
        libraries isn’t
    just a practice; it
       is based on a
     philosophy and
         a set of core
              values..

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~ten core values~


Youth development




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~ten core values~


Developmental needs.




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Access Unchained
     (exercise #3)
                  Remember
                  Accept
                  Project



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~ten core values~


Development assets
(www.search-
  institute.org)




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~ten core values~


                        Developmental assets are the
                         building blocks of young people’s
                         successful growth and development
                        The more assets young people
                         have, the more likely they are to
                         grow up healthy and become
                         competent caring adults.




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~ten core values~



                               Assets promote actions (aka
                                thriving behaviors):
                               Succeeding in school
                               Helping others
                               Valuing diversity
                               Maintaining good health
                               Resisting danger
                               Exhibiting leadership
                               Delaying gratification
                               Overcoming adversity


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~ten core values~



                               The more assets a young person
                                has, the less likely Use drugs or
                                alcohol
                               Smoke or chew
                               Vandalize
                               Get into trouble
                               Choose violence
                               Skip school
                               Become depressed/suicidal
                               Become sexually active




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~ten core values~


                                Youth advocacy




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Youth participation




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TEEN ADVISORY GROUPS




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TUTORING




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TEENS AND TYKES




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TAPPING TEEN CREATIVITY




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SPECIAL PROJECTS




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~ten core values~


Collaboration




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                                Information literacy




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Adolescent literacy




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~ten core values~


http://www.ala.org/yalsa/




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Learning and
  achievement




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~ten core values~




   Texas
   Pennsylvania
   Colorado
   Alaska


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~ten core values~


                                Equity of
                                  access/intellectual
                                  freedom




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   ~Connecting Young Adults and Libraries~

The fantastic four contradictions of
        young adult service




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         ~Connecting Young Adults and Libraries~

1.   Normal day at Normal public library
     (aka seniors, toddlers, cell phone guy,
     and other problem patrons)
2.   ISTJ, OK?
3.   We are not zombies!
4.   Libraries are quiet; teenagers are
     loud; opposites attract / libraries are
     not problems to be solved



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Connecting Young Adults and Libraries:
    The Keys to Connections

                        OVERCOMING TYPES

               Realistic Goals:
               Rules: firm, fair, consistent;
                give choices
               Relationships: volunteers,
                regulars, yourself, etc
               Responsive: survey says
               Respect: give it, expect it,
               Role, know your role; develop
                your skills, learn your field,
                and release your inner YA

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Respect yourself,
respect others, and
respect property,"

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Connecting Young Adults and Libraries:




                    Know           your
                        role:
                        BUILDING THE
                        PERFECT
                        LIBRARIAN


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     ~How to talk to teens~
   Energetic                              Empathetic
                                            Rule breaker/risk taker
    Sharing
                                 

                                           Tolerant
   Perspective                            Sense of humor
   Respectful                             Enthusiastic
                                            Nonjudgmental
   Encouraging                  

                                           Patient/persistent
   Caring                                 Approachable
   Youth involver                         Empowering




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Hardcover
  ISBN: 0-8027-8901-3
  Price: $16.95
  224 pages
  April 2004
  Paperback
  ISBN: 0-8027-7746-5
  ISBN 13: 978-0-8027-
  7746-1
  Price: $7.95
  224 pages
  April 2006

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    Final thoughts



    Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 16:34:26 -0700 (PDT)
    From: "Amanda
     Subject: Hi ‘‘ I loved your book’’’
    To: Patrick@connectingya.com
    My name is Amanda!!! I am 15 years old and I have just finished reading
     your book "Things Change". It has been the most inspiring thing that I have
     read in my life!!! See normally I do not enjoy reading but, this book just
     captured me and sucked me in!!! I have never finished a whole book, but
     this one I read it in two days flat!!! I have never read a book that related so
     well to teens today. You were so real when you wrote this book........’’’ I was
     shocked to find that this was your first book dedicated to teens!!! I only wish
     that you write more!!! The girl Johanna was so strong it only made feel good
     about my self!!! I could relate to every single thing in the book....... and it
     can only show to others that real things can happen to real people!!!’’’’ And
     you told it like it was in the book..... I just wrote to tell you that you are now
     my favorite author!!! And I HOPE that you write many more teen books
     because I can guarantee you I will the first to get one!!!

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nailed
       Hardcover
   ISBN: 0-8027-8077-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-8027-8077-5
       Price: $16.95
         224 pages
     Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4
         April 2006


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                       Chasing
                         Tail
                        Lights
                          Hardcover
                       ISBN: 0-8027-9628-1
                       ISBN 13: 978-0-8027-
                             9628-8
                          Price: $16.95
                            304 pages
                           August 2007




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   Connecting Young Adults and Libraries
                           Patrick Jones
   http://www.connectingya.com


 Consulting,training, and
  coaching for providing
  powerful youth services
 patrick@connectingYA.com




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